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An Herbalist Advice: Piper Methysticum

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A good portion of the population around the world deals with being obsessive compulsive. I am one of the millions of people who have this specific behavior. Now medically speaking, obsessive compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder, those who have this disorder have a unique unwanted experience. For example, one person could have the same recurring thought that makes them scared and unable to cope with certain issues. Whereas, a person could do things in three, if they do not then they feel like something bad is going to happen (I know, because this is what I do). Physicians all around the United States tends to hand out Serotonin Inhibitors or even Tricyclic Antidepressants, to calm down a person and to help ease their minds. But with those, they tend to come with a lot of side effects. The alternative is a medicine called, Piper Methysticum, otherwise known as kava-kava.

Piper methysticum, kava-kava, is commonly prescribed over in Germany. The reason for this is due to the fact that the physicians in Germany want to help ease the anxiety and stress out of the patient safely without adding any harmful chemicals (go Germany!). The typical dosage that a patient should be taking can be up to six 400 to 500 milligram capsules of the non-standardized herb per day, divided into three doses; or 70 milligrams of kavalactones in a standardized extract one to three times per day. However, you must proceed with caution. Large doses of kava-kava can induce a euphoric state, muscle weakness, and dizziness. Please do not take this herb if you are pregnant or even nursing. Do not combine this herb with alcohol or with drugs that depress the central nervous system, these include sedatives and antidepressants.

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